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Beau Dure
Beau Dure is a freelance sports writer based in Vienna, Va. He's the author of Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer, and Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women's Soccer to Washington. He's now working on a book on youth soccer called Single-Digit Soccer.

He spent 10 years at USA TODAY, where he covered soccer, Olympic sports and mixed martial arts. He graduated from Duke the year the men's basketball team won its first national title and got his masters in liberal studies from Duke the year before the team won its third.

His blog,, specializes in sports that don't usually make talk radio -- everything from soccer to chess, biathlon to darts. He also has written for Fox Soccer and ESPN.

Entries by Beau Dure

Why Do We Play Sports? We've Forgotten

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 4:47 PM

Youth sports are being hijacked.

Let's put it more directly -- your sports are being hijacked. The sports that your kids play are being taken over by a well-intentioned but misguided and counterproductive drive to make them better athletes in the hopes of attaining glory at "the next level" --...

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Myths Every Soccer Parent Should Know

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Soccer in the United States is very competitive. But not in the ways other soccer-playing countries are competitive.

Other countries (think Brazil and many African nations) have a culture of the general population playing the game on the beaches, the streets, the sandlots, and anywhere else they can find. Some...

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Youth Sports: For Everyone or Elites?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 8:11 AM

We are a nation obsessed with sports. We are also a nation of obese children and adults.

That's a contradiction that perplexes Tom Farrey, an ESPN reporter and author who has spent the last four years working with The Aspen Institute's youth sports initiative Project Play. That work, which has...

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Lessons From A New Women's Soccer League

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Women's soccer is one of those sports that has to be spectacular to make the mainstream media.

That could be a spectacular performance on the big stage of the Olympics or the World Cup, which itself can launch a couple of people over the tipping point of fame so that...

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GSP-Shields, Real-Barca: Can Big Events Ever Match Hype?

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Spain and the Netherlands took the field. From American sports bars to remote outposts in Africa, much of the world tuned in, excited to see a World Cup final featuring two traditional powers that had never won the Cup. The Netherlands had rallied past Brazil and advanced past Uruguay 3-2,...

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Does David Beckham Have Another Comeback Left?

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 10:19 AM

When we last left David Beckham, he was training with Tottenham Hotspur in England. Trying to keep fit and so forth.

Beckham missed part of the Los Angeles Galaxy's preseason but managed, unusually, to be on the field for the team's opening games. Perhaps his time in America...

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David Beckham Willing to Risk Reputation and Tendons Once Again

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Criticizing David Beckham is a matter fraught with peril. Even when Beckham and his camp aren't seeing reality.

The risk isn't just that he, like any celebrity, has a devoted fan base that will scream until they're blue in the face at any suggestion that he's making a misstep. The...

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Women's Ski Jumping Tests the Grudges of Olympic Leaders

(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 11:30 AM

How petty is the International Olympic Committee?

That will be the key question Oct. 24-26 in Acapulco when the IOC once again takes up the issue of whether to approve women's ski jumping for the Winter Olympic program.

Women's jumping didn't make it onto the program in 2010 despite a...

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Women's Soccer Retrenches After Challenging Season

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 1:22 PM

In its second year of play, in the midst of economic turmoil and declining mainstream media, Women's Professional Soccer only makes the news when something happens off the field.

So in that sense, Tonya Antonucci and Hope Solo are taking one for the team. They're making news.

Solo did...

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Heralding an Indoor Soccer Renaissance?

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:39 PM

The tired line that Americans can't get into soccer because of the low scoring is refuted with two simple words: Indoor soccer.

The game has everything American fans and advertisers supposedly love -- lots of goals, no ties, physical play, loud PA systems, commercial breaks, etc. But while the World...

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Don't Hate LeBron Because He Doesn't Hate His Opponents

(4) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 5:25 PM

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing," said legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Well, maybe he said it. Like a lot of American sports folklore, this quote is shrouded in myth, and Lombardi and his family have argued that he was misquoted or misinterpreted.

LeBron James'...

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Tipping Point for U.S. Soccer Has Long Passed

(72) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 10:37 AM

The numbers are in on the World Cup, and it appears 400 billion Americans are watching on ESPN, another 800 trillion are watching on Univision, and another 120 gazillion are watching online. (Edited to make it clear that this is a comic exaggeration. More realistic numbers here.)

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Tale of Two Losses: How USA, Fedor Must Move On

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:31 AM

Two profound losses. Two different paths to move forward.

On Saturday, the U.S. men found their progress in the World Cup thwarted once again by Ghana. The USA has climbed slowly to soccer respectability, and while this game could've gone either way, no one can doubt the country's soccer program...

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Change Soccer Attitudes, Not Laws and Balls

(10) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 11:54 AM

Given the muddled perception of the USA in international soccer, it's dangerous for those of us who live here to suggest changes to the game. So for purposes of this discussion, I'm English (mother's side), Irish (paternal grandmother), Scottish (great-aunts) and, sadly, French (hence the name).

But whatever your nationality,...

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In Soccer, USA Still Reveres England

(11) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 10:51 AM

On June 12, Americans -- more of them than the rest of the world may realize -- will gather in the hopes that their national team will beat England.

On the other 364 days of the year, many American fans wish instead that their country could be England.

U.S. fans...

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Why College Soccer Still Produces Pro Talent

(6) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 5:25 PM

College soccer is to American soccer what newspapers are to today's media. Fewer people are paying attention to it, top talent is being drained, and critics are lined up to shovel on the dirt.

Half of the 30 players in camp vying for 23 slots on the USA's World Cup...

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My Challenge to D.C. United Fans

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 2:50 PM

Nine years ago, with the glow of the 1999 World Cup still shining on women's soccer, 36,528 fans attended an RFK Stadium doubleheader -- the WUSA's Washington Freedom against the Boston Breakers, then MLS's D.C. United against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Much of the crowd didn't stick around...

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